Homosexual - adjective 1. Pertaining to, or exhibiting homosexuality 2. of, pertaining to, or noting the same sex.
- noun 3. a homosexual person.

Adoption-a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

*For gay adoption, you may not adopt if their is a know biological parent who would not agree to the adoption.

What- Gays and Lesbians trying to be able to adopt children and gain more benefits
Why- Because the Gay and Lesbian community are being denied many benefits and ability to adopt children so therefore they cannot have a family of their own

Goals of the Gay Rights Movement
They are trying to change laws so that they can gain new rights, benefits and protection. Their main goal is for social equality in the nation. They are trying to break away from “sexual oppression” by building their own communities. To achieve this they often lobby and organized street marches. They also get help from support groups, and try to inform society with magazines, other literature, and movies.

Personally i believe that people in society take gay partnership way to serious. Honestly who cares about what other people are doing with their life, they are probably not doing anything to harm you or anything. Anyways, they are very loving people and should get all types of legal proceeding with parent-child relationship. They are going to take very goood care of their children and love them to death.

2 Types of Gay and Lesbian Family Structures
1. Gays and Lesbians who parented their child/children in a heterosexual relationship, but now they raise the child/children on their own or with their homosexual partner who may /may not adopt the child. But the adoption might not be possible if there's a known biological parent who wouldn't agree to the adoption.
2. Lesbians and Gays who parented their child/children or adopted them outside the original heterosexual relationship and raise them on their own or with their current partner.

Gay Rights Time Line(Since the 1900's)

1910 – Emma Goodman starts to speak for Gay rights.
1923 – The word “fag” is first used in print to reference gays
1924 – The first homosexual rights organization is formed. It was in Chicago and was called, The Society for Human Rights. It only lasted for a few months.
1934 – The pink triangle is used in Nazi concentration camps to represent gays.
1969 – The Stonewall riot occurs in New York City. It was violent events between police and groups of gay people that lasted for several days.
1970 – First Gay Liberation Day March is in New York City and the first Gay Freedom Day March is in Los Angeles.
1972 – Lansing and Ann Arbor Michigan, and San Francisco, California, are the first cites to pass a homosexual rights ordinance.
1974 - Kathy Kozachenko is the first openly gay American elected. It was for the Ann Harbor, Michigan city council.
1978 – The rainbow flag begins to be used as a gay pride symbol
1979 – First national march on Washington D.C. for gay rights.
1982 – Wisconsin is the first state to ban discrimination.
1983 – Gary Studds, a representative from Massachusetts announces his homosexually which would make him the first openly gay person in Congress.
1999 – California adopts Domestic Partnership
2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court eliminates all sodomy laws.(Sodomy-n.Any of various forms of sexual intercourse held to be unnatural or abnormal)
2004 – Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage
2006 – The Senate rejects the Federal Marriage Amendment.
2007 - Oregon, Colorado, Ohio, and Iowa, ban discrimination on sexual orientation.

Civil Rights Movement and Comparisons
During the 1950’s and 1960’s the most well known civil rights movement occurred. It was movement of equality for African Americans. Before, African Americans suffered oppression, often being segregated from whites and being considered second class. To over come these inequalities often varied. They usually consisted of litigation, lobbying, and marches. They sometimes turned into more violent acts as well.
When compared to the Gay Rights movement, there are similarities and differences. The goals of the two are relatively the same. Each one wanted to end oppression against their minority. They both tried to achieve this in a lot of the same ways. Most used peaceful protests and marches but there were the occasional violent acts in both. The only differences are the specific rights each group fought for. Discrimination against race and sexual orientation are both banned in the United States. However, many states do not recognize domestic partnership and/or same sex marriage.
Each movement had an objective. By protesting, marching peacefully, and trying to work through the legal system, each group has eventually reached most of their goals.

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